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Yankees open up series in Toronto

Coming off a series victory over the Diamondbacks, the New York Yankees will hit the road this weekend for a three-game set against the Toronto Blue Jays on the MLB odds starting Friday.

The Yankees and Blue Jays met on the diamond 18 times last season, with New York going 11-7 in those matchups for their supporters on the MLB betting lines. The OVER/UNDER went 7-11 for totals bettors in those 18 Yankees vs. Blue Jays games.

New York puts its faith in starter Andy Pettitte to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 2-0. Getting the ball for the Blue Jays is Brandon Morrow, who owns a 0-1 record on the season with a 4.59 ERA.

View NY Yankees vs Toronto Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Yankees were listed as +-125 underdogs on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks, including 5Dimes. The total was set at 8.5 before betting started earlier on Monday over at Bovada.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Blue Jays, most recently No. 7 in the American League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Yankees, who rate an American League No. 2 in the latest survey.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Toronto has the American League's No. 12-rated offensive output, at 7.5 hits per game. The Yankees average 9.1 hits per game, good for No. 4 on the American League list.

Toronto owns the American League's No. 12 defense, allowing 5.1 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with New York's American League No. 7-rated defense.

New York lost its last outing, a 6-2 result against the Diamondbacks on April 18. Bettors who backed the Diamondbacks at +102 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (8) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. New York lost in extra innings against the Diamondbacks on Thursday as Arizona edged them 6-2 at Yankee Stadium.

Last time out for Toronto, they were a 3-1 winner as they battled the White Sox at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Blue Jays at -106 were rewarded, while the 4 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Blue Jays enjoyed a 3-1 victory at the expense of the White Sox on Thursday, with R.A. Dickey throwing 6 innings of 2-hit ball at Rogers Centre.

New York Yankees Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Toronto are 7-3
After playing Arizona are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

Toronto Blue Jays Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing NY Yankees are 4-6
After playing Chi White Sox are 3-7
After a win are 3-7

A few Yankees at Blue Jays trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Yankees' last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Yankees' last 6 games on the road
NY Yankees are 7-2 SU in their last 9 games
NY Yankees are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto's last 6 games at home
Toronto is 2-5 SU in their last 7 games when playing NY Yankees

Next up:
NY Yankees at Toronto, Saturday, April 20